NTSB Identification: MIA97WA111
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 01, 1997 in VIRGIN GORDA, British Virgin Islands
Aircraft: Piper PA-23-250, registration: N5175Y
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On April 1, 1997, about 1148 Atlantic standard time, a Piper PA-23-250, N5175Y, registered to Virgin Air, Inc., dba Air St. Thomas flight 1202, was substantially damaged while landing at the Virgin Gorda Airport, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and a company VFR flight plan was filed for the 14 CFR Part 135 scheduled, international, passenger flight. The airline transport-rated pilot and two passengers were not injured. The flight originated about 1130 from the Harry S. Truman airport, St. Thomas, U.S.Virgin Islands.

According to the Director of Civil Aviation, the pilot was advised before landing that the wind at a nearby airport was from 200 degrees at 12 knots. The pilot elected to land on runway 3, a 3,100-foot runway. The airplane was landed about 1,000 beyond the threshold and heavy braking was noted for 1,200 feet. The pilot was unable to stop the airplane on the runway and the nose landing gear came to rest in the ocean.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of the British Virgin Islands. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Director of Civil Aviation, British Virgin Islands Road Town Tortola British Virgin Islands Phone: (809) 494-3829 Facsimile: (809) 494-3437

This report is for information purposes only and contains only information obtained for or released by the British Virgin Islands Government.

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